Excursions & Workshops


Faculty from each of our 8 schools will be presenting workshops and continuing education opportunities for alumni! There is something for everybody.

We have new workshops being added up until the event, but these are some of the current ones planned:

  • Working With Adoptive Families: What You Need to Know
    • Dr. Nicole Saylor, Dr. Landon Huffman, and others
    • This panel discussion provides insight for counselors, pastors, ministry leaders, and other helping professionals working with adoptive families. Topics will range from common needs, obstacles, and strengths of adoptive families as well as supporting transracial families, considering complex developmental trauma, adoption ethics, and adoption supportive language.
    • **This workshop is pending approval to count as continuing education credits for professional counselors**
  • What’s Happening in Missions Today: New Approaches & Strategies
    • Prof. Brent Brewer
    • The world of missions is constantly shifting and changing. Come learn about the unique mission models that alumni and students are using to extend God’s Kingdom. We’ll use some specific examples from folks on the field and hear from students about their own experiences.
  • Preaching With Relevance and Creativity
    • Dr. Daniel Overdorf
    • This workshop will help attenders create sermons that remain faithful to the biblical text while also (1) helping listeners apply the truth of Scripture to their own particular circumstances and (2) engage listeners’ senses and imaginations through the use of creative elements.
  • Zervant Leadership: Because Servant Leadership is Not Enough
    • Dr. Wilbur Reid III
    • Servant Leadership is the hot "new" leadership theory and practice in churches, nonprofits, corporations, and academia. However, there is a key component that is missing from our theology of leadership and the practical application of servant leadership. The purpose of this workshop will be to explore the missing link between servant leadership and optimal leadership performance.
  • Biblical Interpretation Across Cultures
    • Dr. Carl Bridges
    • Interpreting the Bible Cross-Culturally: How does the Bible look when read through other eyes? When we engage Scripture in conversation with believers from other cultures, it enhances our own understanding

And More! We will be adding more workshops all the way leading up to the event. Check back for more!


Friday morning, we’ll host local excursions led by some of your favorite faculty & staff! We’ll even cover transportation! These are some of our options:  

  • Explore Cades Cove with Dr. Tommy Smith
  • Hike the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Dr. David Eubanks
  • Hit the golf course with some alumni and professors
  • Paddle Boarding at Ijams Nature Center
  • And more!